MagLite vs The World - Round 1

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MagLite vs The World - Round 1

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Maglites are grossly underestimated. These were the bridge technology between the old Eveready incandescent lights and the modern lights we have today.

Are they still an option today? Hell NO. They still work as they did in 1985 however we have progressed since then.

A $10 S2+ blows away even the biggest Maglite.

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zoulas wrote:
Maglites are grossly underestimated… Are they still an option today? Hell NO.

Contradiction aside, anything that produces light, including a candle, including a carbide miners lantern, can be a viable option to provide illumination in the dark. Mag-Lites are often chosen specifically because they serve as a self protection device.

zoulas wrote:
These were the bridge technology between the old Eveready incandescent lights and the modern lights we have today.

The history of flashlight development is more complex than a progression from Everready to Maglite to modern flashlights. For example, the original Kel-lite was introduced in 1968 and Kel-Lites were produced through the 1970’s. The first Mag-Lite was introduced in 1979. The Mag-Lite was the first aluminum body light to have an adjustable focus beam.

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zoulas wrote:

A $10 S2+ blows away even the biggest Maglite.

S2+ for $10, probably more like $15-20.

The Mags can perform well enough, likely more throw. And longer runtimes. It isn’t all about lumen outputs.

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Maglite needs some lovin, show me a better host with a mechanical side switch and big batteries for long runtime. Just a pity they didn’t make the with alu reflector and glass lens, make life a bit easier for the modders (specially seeing as all the bits and pieces for mag mods are not so easy to get these days).

Also shame they’re kind of overpriced in the UK, second hand incan £20-£30 depending on condition and colour.

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Maglites have something that very few other lights can offer, made in usa stamp. for some it is a strong selling point.

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Torchmun wrote:
Maglite needs some lovin, show me a better host with a mechanical side switch and big batteries for long runtime.

Convoy L6 and L7 are basically Maglites with modern drivers, emitters, and batteries. They can run on 2 × 26800, which is comparable to a few C or D cells in size and weight, but light years ahead in performance.

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I have older incan mags and newer LED mags. I just like how they fit my hand. Sometimes form wins out over function.

100 Lumens from a mag is 100 times better than no light at all.

So when yall see them mags on sale at great prices buy them. After all, they are still in business so………………….

I still have my Dad’s Kel-lite from when he was a LEO in the early 70’s. Think I might dig it out tonight..

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zoulas wrote:
A $10 S2+ blows away even the biggest Maglite.

Yeah, but try whomping someone over the head with an S2+… LOL

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zoulas wrote:
A $10 S2+ blows away even the biggest Maglite.

Yeah, but try whomping someone over the head with an S2+… LOL

A pair of S2+ joined by a short length of chain would likely make a great nunchaku.

But the Convoy to compare to a Maglite in terms of whomping capabilities is the L6.

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Mag lights can be fine for many lighting tasks. I probably have a dozen or so around. A bunch of the double AA models with tail switches and LED replacements. I use NiMH cells in them. They are scattered everywhere around the house. Great for network closets or cabling behind the AV stuff.

I have two 3D lights that rival many of the newer lights. My favorite ~1700 lumens (SST 90) with an 8 level E switch regulated driver, 3×10 Ah NiMH D cells, AL reflector, adjustable beam, UCL coated lens, and a good skull knocker… Evil Lots of light for a long time.

Do I use them. Well not that often. Just not as impressive nor convenient as something like the TS10 that stays in my pocket. But we are going back more than 15+ years now on the MAGs. They were really impressive for their time.

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iamlucky13 wrote:
But the Convoy to compare to a Maglite in terms of whomping capabilities is the L6.

Nah, all these LED lights have those ridges and grooves and other irregular crap, vs the smooth sleek Mags.

Too much of a pain to scrape out hair, scalp, brain-bits, and then have to bleach out all the blood that gets in the grooves everywhere.

Mags? Just hose it down with soapy water, and you’re good ‘til next time you go clubbin’.

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Mandrake50 wrote:
Mag lights can be fine for many lighting tasks. I probably have a dozen or so around. A bunch of the double AA models with tail switches and LED replacements. I use NiMH cells in them. They are scattered everywhere around the house. Great for network closets or cabling behind the AV stuff.

I have two 3D lights that rival many of the newer lights. My favorite ~1700 lumens (SST 90) with an 8 level E switch regulated driver, 3×10 Ah NiMH D cells, AL reflector, adjustable beam, UCL coated lens, and a good skull knocker… Evil Lots of light for a long time.

Do I use them. Well not that often. Just not as impressive nor convenient as something like the TS10 that stays in my pocket. But we are going back more than 15+ years now on the MAGs. They were really impressive for their time.

We all have Maglites, they are likely the most sold light on the planet. Especially the AA Mag.

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Most sold light on the planet recent years is the 3aaa 9led.
Followed by the $2 china zoomie.
In the heyday of mag 2d plastic $0.99 lights were higher sellers.
If you had the $$$ to spend back then and got the mag there a good chance you still have it in working order.
With the plastic things in a landfill waiting a few more thousand years to biodegrade.

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Episode 2 now up.